CODE REBEL: Ally Watson
“The greatest challenge for us is removing the stigma that ‘tech is geeky’ or ‘it’s only for guys’ and engaging girls at a young age.”
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Last week over 700 members of the tech industry converged at the Wigram Air Force Museum for one of NZ’s premier tech events of the year – the Canterbury Tech Summit. As NZ's second largest tech hub, Canterbury hosts a wide cross-section of tech industries and companies.
The February Shift cohort of nine has been busy visiting local companies, gaining insight into various tech roles, and the skills needed to work in the growing tech sector. The students have also completed an intensive introduction to programming and further technical skills, and have begun working on projects in the studio to put their new found skills into practice.
Now into their second semester of SHIFT, Felicia, Dewi, Sam, Harry and Sakinah are well into their workplace industry projects with five Christchurch companies, from game design to air traffic control and location data intelligence specialists.
With a mix of backgrounds and experience including health, medical research, IT, arts, media, electronics, project management, defense force, commerce, marketing, education, product design and drafting, the incoming SHIFT cohort in Dunedin is a varied and talented group .
The new Digital Technologies|Hangarau Matihiko curriculum goes live this year, with NZ schools expected to fully integrate the revised learning area into their curriculum by the start of the 2020 school year. From the Ministry of Education website: "The goal of this change is to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals. This change signals the need for greater focus on our students building their skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies." SIGNAL's Educate programme assists current teachers to implement the latest curriculum.
After a busy and productive year of study, workshops, projects and work experience, the first SHIFT cohort are about to start their paid Industry Experience. This is the final part of the innovative SHIFT programme and further prepares the cohort to transition into a role in NZ's booming tech sector.
Xtend is the programme to take you to the next level as a technical, peer, thought or people leader. Built around your everyday work, Xtend is cleverly tailored to your needs and meshes with your company's strategy. Our "in work, at work, for work" approach develops your individual leadership capabilities and contributes to your company's future.